It’s Christmastime and a very important job needs doing. There are lots of trees at the lot but which one to choose? Slim and tall or short and squat? One with spiky needle clumps, scaly bark or sappy bumps? Long straight limbs or benches bent? So many trees, just smell that piney scent! Tree selected, drive back home. Now time to decorate, switch on the lights and admire with family and friends…
One of the most exciting things about Christmas is finding a tree to bring home. The wonderful smell of pine needles, unboxing the decorations, wrapping the fairy lights from top to bottom, delicately hanging baubles on branches, adding a flourish of shimmering tinsel and finally the star, proudly sitting up high. All of these things are celebrated in a heartwarming rhyming read-aloud that captures the joys and togetherness of a holiday tradition.
Jarvis’ artwork is warm and inviting, the bold and bright colours popping off the pages. The artwork is wonderful throughout but what will really leave readers with mouths and eyes opened wide is the show-stopping moment at the end when a glorious double page unveils the tree in all its splendour. Look out for a surprise visitor in the window of the very final scene.
I can fondly recall the Christmas’ of my childhood and that tingling feeling when visiting the Christmas tree farm. Bringing the tree into the family home felt like Christmas had finally arrived and we could really begin to enjoy the festivities. Pick a Pine Tree is both full of nostalgia and memories yet to be made and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.
A simple yet wonderful recipe for ‘how to decorate a Christmas tree’ is wholesome reading best enjoyed pre-tree decorating.
Recommended for 2+.